Labour Party slams new fund, accuses govt. of Brexit bribery

Labour Party slams new fund, accuses govt. of Brexit bribery

Labour Party slams new fund, accuses govt. of Brexit bribery

A £1.6 billion package promised by Theresa May for run-down towns has been dismissed by opposition MPs as a "pathetic" attempt to win Labour support for her Brexit deal.

Last Friday Barnier said he was aware of "misgivings in Britain that the backstop could keep Britain forever connected to the European Union", but he was "ready to give further guarantees, assurances and clarifications that the backstop should only be temporary", which would be created to assuage some of the key worries from the government's more Eurosceptic MPs.

Members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group have insisted they need at least 48 hours to scrutinise a potentially complex agreement.

In a statement, May said, "Communities across the country voted for Brexit as an expression of their desire to see change; that must be a change for the better, with more opportunity and greater control".

Finance spokesperson John McDonnell said the town fund was "Brexit bribery".

Theresa May said: "For too long in our country prosperity has been unfairly spread".

If it is rejected, MPs will get the chance to either back a no-deal Brexit or call for the UK's departure from the European Union to be delayed beyond the current March 29 deadline.

Analysis from the People's Vote campaign shows that in just 36 constituencies alone the cost of the government's Brexit plans will be an estimated £1.1 billion annually.

"My anxiety is that there isn't a proper deal even on the table, so I will vote against what the Prime Minister is bringing forward and thereafter we have to decide what we're going to do".

Again 322 million pounds will grace Midlands towns such as Mansfield, Stoke-on-Trent, and Wolverhampton.

As well as the money being dished out by region another £600m will be available through a bidding process to communities in any part of the country.

Referring to the funds, Wigan MP Nandy said towns such as hers had been "shamefully ignored for decades" and hoped the new fund marks a new approach.

Cox, for his part, will return to Brussels this week for more negotiations, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told BBC Radio on Monday.

Alex Sobel, Labour MP for Leeds North and leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said that it was a "a drop in the ocean compared to what we now know will be lost if the prime minister's Brexit plan goes ahead".

May's gambit may prove to be counterproductive, as it has drawn criticism from Labour lawmakers who were reportedly considering breaking ranks with their party and backing the prime minister's Brexit deal.

The Chief Whip added the second vote on Mrs May's Brexit deal, scheduled for next Tuesday, would be "very, very tight". "But from day one we have been very straight about a few things and among those is that Brexit can not lead, under any circumstances, to the emergence of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland".

"Regardless of what he gets" from Barnier, "Cox will reverse his previous legal advice that the United Kingdom could be trapped "indefinitely" in the backstop", Rahman predicted.

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